The cork has been popped, a new year has been rung in and everywhere I turn I see resolutions and lists all touting the big changes people wish to make for 2014. I’m all for change; for me the world doesn’t stand still. It’s an ever changing kaleidoscope, offering something new with each look. However, I cannot profess to have ever really made any new year’s resolutions. Why only do it once a year? I can see that it’s a good time for reflection, but I have found that building that into the everyday, makes change and the meeting of goals more attainable. My life is essentially a work in progress. Everyday I try to do more of the things that make it good, make me feel happy and make the world a happier place.
So, with that in mind, this year, this is what I want more of…
I want to challenge myself to come up with more insights, more ideas. To shake up my thinking and encourage innovative expression. It’s easy to stick with what we know and what comes naturally. But there is always more.
This is something I want, not just for myself but for everyone. It saddens me to witness the close mindedness of vibrant, intelligent people. But it happens. It’s ok that not everyone is the same. Differences are just that: different. They are neither good nor bad. Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all cut from the same cloth. I honestly believe that you get out of the world what you put into it, so I put everything in and do so with an open mind, because you never know when you will be surprised.
It’s a delicate dance. Finding my way between all the indulgences and hedonistic activities of an active food blogger and being good to myself and my body and all that falls in between. I know what to do, I just want to do it more. And not just where food is concerned, but for everything. From a trip to China some years ago, I have a wall hanging that is the symbol for harmony – a synonym for balance. It is placed in the centre of my apartment, so that I have every opportunity to see it and be reminded.
It’s the art of conscious living, of bringing your awareness to the moment that you are in. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time in the online world: whether its on social media for work or for play, it’s not to all unusual to find me connected somehow. This year I want to remember more often to be connected to the actual moment; appreciating its fullness and being open and receptive.
This is what the dictionary says and, seriously, why wouldn’t you want more of it?
: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
: success in doing, finding, or getting something
May the year ahead be full of everything you need, and all the things you want a little bit more of…